Have an annual Travelcard in London? Remember to load your gold card onto your Oyster AND get a Network Railcard (worth £30) for friend/family for £1!
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Have an annual Travelcard in London? Remember to load your gold card onto your Oyster AND get a Network Railcard (worth £30) for friend/family for £1!

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Found 27th Feb 2014
This might sounds complicated but hopefully this would save you ££ on offpeak day travelcard for friends and family.

With an annual travelcard, you are entitled to 1/3 off off-peak prices on single fares and pricecaps on journeys made outside your travelcard zones.

From my experience, you will need to ask the staff to load the discount onto your oystercard separately in order to take advantage of this perk and this is NOT automatically done when you first purchased your annual ticket!! (what a rip off!)

With your gold card, you can buy upto 3 adult Zone 1-6 Off-Peak Day Travelcards for friends and family at £5.60 each (I think it should be £5.93 as prices went up in 2014) and £2 for any accompanying children (again, 3 ticket max).

Moreover - you are entitled to get a network railcard (worth £30) for 1 lucky friend/family for £1!

With the network railcard you can then buy up to 3 more Z1-6 day off peak travelcard at discounted prices listed above.

Very useful if you have friends/family visiting London as you can buy up to 7 discounted off peak day travelcard with just 1 single annual ticket holder.

i.e. Annual TC holder (assume you are covered by your TC) + 3 discounted paper ticket + Networkrail holder discounted paper ticket + 3 discounted paper ticket + kids @ £2 each!

the full details are found under the 'How much do I save?' tab on: tfl.gov.uk/tic…spx

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Thanks, didn't know this.

I've only just found out that you can load discount onto your Oystercard if you have a Senior Railcard. I've been to London a few times and never done this before.

I got a Gold Card Record paper ticket with my Annual Oyster Travelcard which i can show to get my gold card discount?

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A13

I got a Gold Card Record paper ticket with my Annual Oyster Travelcard … I got a Gold Card Record paper ticket with my Annual Oyster Travelcard which i can show to get my gold card discount?



you will need to show the ticket office your paper gold card when you load the 1/3 off discount onto your oyster.

same applies when you buy the dsicounted day offpeak TC for friends/family

To get these Gold Cards and the £1 companion railcards added to your Oystercards, I recommend going to an Underground station. I've had trouble at a few Rail stations who didn't know how to do it - one (Shepherds Bush Overground - several different staff members) told me it was impossible but in reality they didn't know how to do it so lied.

Underground staff always know how to do it.
Edited by: "ronmanager" 27th Feb 2014

A13

I got a Gold Card Record paper ticket with my Annual Oyster Travelcard … I got a Gold Card Record paper ticket with my Annual Oyster Travelcard which i can show to get my gold card discount?



You need to get the discount added to your Oyster so the discount is automatically applied as you touch in and out of stations. Just hand over your paper Gold Card and Oystercard at a tube station and say you want the GC discount applied to the Oyster. They'll know what to do.

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ronmanager

To get these Gold Cards and the £1 companion railcards added to your … To get these Gold Cards and the £1 companion railcards added to your Oystercards, I recommend going to an Underground station. I've had trouble at a few Rail stations who didn't know how to do it - one (Shepherds Bush Overground - several different staff members) told me it was impossible but in reality they didn't know how to do it so lied.Underground staff always know how to do it.

Agreed. Overground staff doesn't know what to do 99% of the time

A13

I got a Gold Card Record paper ticket with my Annual Oyster Travelcard … I got a Gold Card Record paper ticket with my Annual Oyster Travelcard which i can show to get my gold card discount?

ronmanager

To get these Gold Cards and the £1 companion railcards added to your … To get these Gold Cards and the £1 companion railcards added to your Oystercards, I recommend going to an Underground station. I've had trouble at a few Rail stations who didn't know how to do it - one (Shepherds Bush Overground - several different staff members) told me it was impossible but in reality they didn't know how to do it so lied.Underground staff always know how to do it.



Agree with this, though I was able to convince staff at Finchley Road & Frognal overground station to add the discount by flashing these instructions to the ticket office staff:

oyster-rail.org.uk/rai…ts/

Cool I can save two quid on a travelcard! Just need to reduce the ~£4800 cost of the gold card in the first place now (especially considering I only use the blooming thing 3 times a week )
Edited by: "PR1" 27th Feb 2014

I thought the GC discount was automatically applied to your card - that is what the staff at Warren Street Underground Station told me?

They are robbing us blind, i just came back from Shanghai
Metro (Underground) in Shanghai:
Bigger, much faster, better carriages, working air conditioning
One-day Travel Pass 18rmb £1.7!
Three-day Travel Pass 45rmb £4.4!
edit:
Bullet trains 130mph, first class, totally silent, soft swivel reclining seats, £8 for 240 miles journey





Edited by: "ozog" 27th Feb 2014

I've been to London before

ozog

They are robbing us blind, i just came back from ShanghaiMetro … They are robbing us blind, i just came back from ShanghaiMetro (Underground) in Shanghai:Bigger, much faster, better carriages, working air conditioningOne-day Travel Pass 18rmb £1.7!Three-day Travel Pass 45rmb £4.4!edit:Bullet trains 130mph, first class, totally silent, soft swivel reclining seats, £8 for 240 miles journey



Were you there for 2yrs 8mths or can you just not be bothered to contribute anything useful to HUKD?

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ramanpatria1122

I thought the GC discount was automatically applied to your card - that … I thought the GC discount was automatically applied to your card - that is what the staff at Warren Street Underground Station told me?


that's what they were meant to do.
however from my experience (2 annual tickets so far) u always need to ask seperately and they will 'pretend' that they have forgotten to do it the first time.

Besford

Were you there for 2yrs 8mths or can you just not be bothered to … Were you there for 2yrs 8mths or can you just not be bothered to contribute anything useful to HUKD?



I love HUKD, There's more drama to be found within HUKD comments than on my facebook timeline.:p

parpenbhwarg

Agree with this, though I was able to convince staff at Finchley Road & … Agree with this, though I was able to convince staff at Finchley Road & Frognal overground station to add the discount by flashing these instructions to the ticket office staff:http://www.oyster-rail.org.uk/railcard-discounts/



Page updated:
oyster-rail.org.uk/rai…ts/

I used to work in a London Underground ticket office (up till 4 years ago, so things may have changed, but I think my points still hold true)

Some points...

1. Staff are supposed to load the gold card discount on when you purchase your annual ticket (kind of makes sense), I know I always did and would give the customer a print out of the card details to show that the ticket was correct, and that the discount was correctly applied (expiriy date, etc). Customer was spending a lot of money, so I always felt that they should be given correct service.

2. As far as I remember you could purchase discounted off peak day travel cards for others if you had all zones (1-6). If you had say an annual T/C 1-2 you could get the tickets for others, but you had to also purchase a one day 1-6 for yourself (at the discounted rate)....if that makes sense...

Anyhow, like I say things might have changed.

Besford

Were you there for 2yrs 8mths or can you just not be bothered to … Were you there for 2yrs 8mths or can you just not be bothered to contribute anything useful to HUKD?



Oh.. are you one of those people who needs to pick on others (i.e. the tree huggers) to make yourself feel better about life? really…
Not everyone is on the internet everyday, and some people do keep to themselves. Just a suggestion.. there's world out there, maybe you need to get out more.

ozog

Oh.. are you one of those people who needs to pick on others (i.e. the … Oh.. are you one of those people who needs to pick on others (i.e. the tree huggers) to make yourself feel better about life? really…Not everyone is on the internet everyday, and some people do keep to themselves. Just a suggestion.. there's world out there, maybe you need to get out more.



To be fair, your original comment is completely pointless. So the Shanghai metro system is better and cheaper. No surprise there. Unfortunately, I can't choose to use the Shanghai metro when I need to get to Covent Garden every morning. Last time I looked it was only the London Underground that served this station but do correct me if I'm wrong.
Edited by: "Ian182" 27th Feb 2014

Ian182

To be fair, your original comment is completely pointless. So the … To be fair, your original comment is completely pointless. So the Shanghai metro system is better and cheaper. No surprise there. Unfortunately, I can't choose to use the Shanghai metro when I need to get to Covent Garden every morning. Last time I looked it was only the London Underground that served this station but do correct me if I'm wrong.



I've posted it just to let you know how much we get ripped off here just in case you hadn't realized
Station assistant job a £40,000 a year for helping people use their Oyster cards... Good laugh.
and their main attitude appears to be "Fares to expensive for you???, stop griping and pay up,,, or walk..." lol

sorry but what is a gold card?

ozog

They are robbing us blind, i just came back from ShanghaiMetro … They are robbing us blind, i just came back from ShanghaiMetro (Underground) in Shanghai:Bigger, much faster, better carriages, working air conditioningOne-day Travel Pass 18rmb £1.7!Three-day Travel Pass 45rmb £4.4!edit:Bullet trains 130mph, first class, totally silent, soft swivel reclining seats, £8 for 240 miles journey



Anyone would think the cost of business in London was higher than in Shanghai! Oh, wait...

And though it doesn't really help anyone today, with major projects like this you can either have them first - i.e. the London Underground, or you can have nothing for years and install something newer later. To be both first and the most modern in perpetuity is so expensive it's unfeasible. Do you have any idea how much it would cost to completely renovate the London Underground network to a standard approaching a new-build? You moan about the prices now, you'd not only have large swathes of the network unavailable for decades while it's converted, you'll have to pay an enormous amount more in tickets!
Edited by: "callum9999" 27th Feb 2014

DonkeyKonk

I used to work in a London Underground ticket office (up till 4 years … I used to work in a London Underground ticket office (up till 4 years ago, so things may have changed, but I think my points still hold true)Some points...1. Staff are supposed to load the gold card discount on when you purchase your annual ticket (kind of makes sense), I know I always did and would give the customer a print out of the card details to show that the ticket was correct, and that the discount was correctly applied (expiriy date, etc). Customer was spending a lot of money, so I always felt that they should be given correct service.2. As far as I remember you could purchase discounted off peak day travel cards for others if you had all zones (1-6). If you had say an annual T/C 1-2 you could get the tickets for others, but you had to also purchase a one day 1-6 for yourself (at the discounted rate)....if that makes sense... Anyhow, like I say things might have changed.



Why did you leave, if you don't mind saying?

ebZan

sorry but what is a gold card?



You get it when you buy a yearly travelcard

ebZan

sorry but what is a gold card?



Any purchase of a season ticket (I bought a one year travelcard) automatically gets you a gold card - which is a rail discount card (like a young persons railcard) for the london area. When they put your travelcard onto your oyster they also will give you a paper/card (looks a bit like an old paper underground ticket) which is your gold card.

hope that helps.

dudea729

Why did you leave, if you don't mind saying?



To spend more time on HUKDeals

mishen

Any purchase of a season ticket (I bought a one year travelcard) … Any purchase of a season ticket (I bought a one year travelcard) automatically gets you a gold card - which is a rail discount card (like a young persons railcard) for the london area. When they put your travelcard onto your oyster they also will give you a paper/card (looks a bit like an old paper underground ticket) which is your gold card.hope that helps.



It's not any season ticket. You have to buy an annual season ticket to get a gold card. Weekly and monthly ones don't count.

mishen

Any purchase of a season ticket (I bought a one year travelcard) … Any purchase of a season ticket (I bought a one year travelcard) automatically gets you a gold card - which is a rail discount card (like a young persons railcard) for the london area. When they put your travelcard onto your oyster they also will give you a paper/card (looks a bit like an old paper underground ticket) which is your gold card.hope that helps.



thanks

mishen

Any purchase of a season ticket (I bought a one year travelcard) … Any purchase of a season ticket (I bought a one year travelcard) automatically gets you a gold card - which is a rail discount card (like a young persons railcard) for the london area. When they put your travelcard onto your oyster they also will give you a paper/card (looks a bit like an old paper underground ticket) which is your gold card.hope that helps.


thanks

Original Poster

DonkeyKonk

I used to work in a London Underground ticket office (up till 4 years … I used to work in a London Underground ticket office (up till 4 years ago, so things may have changed, but I think my points still hold true)Some points...1. Staff are supposed to load the gold card discount on when you purchase your annual ticket (kind of makes sense), I know I always did and would give the customer a print out of the card details to show that the ticket was correct, and that the discount was correctly applied (expiriy date, etc). Customer was spending a lot of money, so I always felt that they should be given correct service.2. As far as I remember you could purchase discounted off peak day travel cards for others if you had all zones (1-6). If you had say an annual T/C 1-2 you could get the tickets for others, but you had to also purchase a one day 1-6 for yourself (at the discounted rate)....if that makes sense... Anyhow, like I say things might have changed.


i guess I would know the next time I renew my TC! thanks!

Original Poster

ozog

I've posted it just to let you know how much we get ripped off here just … I've posted it just to let you know how much we get ripped off here just in case you hadn't realizedStation assistant job a £40,000 a year for helping people use their Oyster cards... Good laugh.and their main attitude appears to be "Fares to expensive for you???, stop griping and pay up,,, or walk..." lol

remember that picture where the staff was sleeping behind ticket office during strike when they are fighting to keep the jobs?

DonkeyKonk

To spend more time on HUKDeals



I doubt that pays the same that LU did? (unless you've retired!)

dudea729

I doubt that pays the same that LU did? (unless you've retired!)



Shifts are an awful lot better though

ronmanager

To get these Gold Cards and the £1 companion railcards added to your … To get these Gold Cards and the £1 companion railcards added to your Oystercards, I recommend going to an Underground station. I've had trouble at a few Rail stations who didn't know how to do it - one (Shepherds Bush Overground - several different staff members) told me it was impossible but in reality they didn't know how to do it so lied.Underground staff always know how to do it.



I tried to get mine added on about a year ago at Earls Court and South Kensington and neither would do it. I even took a print out of the website. I spoke to the station manager at South Kensington (who has been there for 20+ years!!) too and despite showing him the website about this had no idea about it and said it was a mistake.

I eventually got it done at Victoria. So I recommend going to one of the underground stations which are also London rail stations. They seem a lot more clued up about gold cards.

The £1 network card has been a perk of the annual season ticket for years. As has the gold card acting as a network card for other journeys.

And I mean a lot of years. Just shows how people don't read the literature when applying.

ozog

They are robbing us blind, i just came back from ShanghaiMetro … They are robbing us blind, i just came back from ShanghaiMetro (Underground) in Shanghai:Bigger, much faster, better carriages, working air conditioningOne-day Travel Pass 18rmb £1.7!Three-day Travel Pass 45rmb £4.4!edit:Bullet trains 130mph, first class, totally silent, soft swivel reclining seats, £8 for 240 miles journey


shanghai aside,transport cost in the UK is much more expensive than any other country in europe,and very poor quality in comparison to most other european countries.
not just in London,the cost of train tickets in the UK is ridiculous and the quality is terrible.unfortunatelly.
Edited by: "Tequila" 27th Feb 2014

I assume that as I've got a zone 1-9 with a separate paper gold card, this won't make any difference. I can use the gold card to pick up the 3 Z1-6 day off peak travelcards, and then the other person can use the £1 network railcard to get the other 3. There's no benefit to me actually loading the gold card discount onto the oyster itself if I've got the paper version. Is this correct? Just seeking some clarification.

just to make a few points here.

firstly, station staff do NOT get paid 40k! what a load of nonsense! its far less than that, do not trust the papers who inflate the salaries and are usually stating the station supervisors salary.

secondly, NO, the underground is not obliged to add this discount on for anyone! it is not a 'TFL' discount and is given by national rail however TfL have allowed this to have it added on to the oyster card. the actual discount card however if given by national rail and it is something customers must request however as stated, it is normally added without your request by TfL staff as a goodwill gesture. it is NOT part of your ticket with TfL and is NOT a TfL product. if you do not add your discount on, it is YOUR responsibility to ensure it is on as it is not part of TfLs season ticket nor in its terms and conditions. as i said, its a goodwill gesture by TfL so before bashing them, have a little think. i know this as my friend is a station assistant!

Nbaker

I love HUKD, There's more drama to be found within HUKD comments than on … I love HUKD, There's more drama to be found within HUKD comments than on my facebook timeline.:p



LOL I love it !!! Keep it coming ! Hot from me Well found OP

sandra6276

just to make a few points here.firstly, station staff do NOT get paid … just to make a few points here.firstly, station staff do NOT get paid 40k! what a load of nonsense! its far less than that, do not trust the papers who inflate the salaries and are usually stating the station supervisors salary. secondly, NO, the underground is not obliged to add this discount on for anyone! it is not a 'TFL' discount and is given by national rail however TfL have allowed this to have it added on to the oyster card. the actual discount card however if given by national rail and it is something customers must request however as stated, it is normally added without your request by TfL staff as a goodwill gesture. it is NOT part of your ticket with TfL and is NOT a TfL product. if you do not add your discount on, it is YOUR responsibility to ensure it is on as it is not part of TfLs season ticket nor in its terms and conditions. as i said, its a goodwill gesture by TfL so before bashing them, have a little think. i know this as my friend is a station assistant!



Hmm, I think you'll find that TFL and National Rail work in partnership with Travelcards and Oystercards shared use that either can issue and accept. So for all your capitalised words, that is not true.

Edited by: "ronmanager" 28th Feb 2014
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